Feeding Your Family: Nick's Spring Chicken

Nick's Spring Chicken

Cooking chicken thighs with the bone still in makes for better flavor. But, if you prefer boneless thighs, just cut the cooking time by about 10 minutes.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, minced (optional)
  • 1 Tbs. of any one of the following: sesame oil, maple syrup or honey
  • 4 - 6 "bone-in" chicken thighs


  1. Marinate the chicken in the first five ingredients for 15 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Lightly oil a roasting pan and arrange the chicken, skin side up, in the pan, along with the marinade.
  3. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 30 minutes.
  4. Then move the chicken to the broiler and broil for about 10 minutes for crispy skin.
  5. Check the chicken for doneness, either by using a meat thermometer (should be 170 degrees for bone-in parts) or slicing open a thigh and making sure the meat is cooked through.

For ideas on how to complement this dish, see "Dinner Hash Browns" and "Mom's Salad Dressing."